Consumer Electronics With A Twist

Posted by: Olga Kharif on November 19, 2008

One good thing that could come out of this economic downturn is an explosion of innovation in consumer electronics. There are signs that the electronics industry may be inching closer to breaking a new frontier and offering flexible consumer electronics.

Just today, researchers from Northwestern University announced they’ve developed so-called “pop-up” technology to create electronic circuits that can be twisted and stretched by as much as 140%. And a team of Chinese researchers has just unveiled a way to make speakers out of thin and flexible film.

What does it all mean? Thin and flexible is in. The next electronics revolution could involve cell phones that wrap around your wrist, and film-like boom boxes that stick right to your house’s curved wall or the fridge.

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Bloomberg Businessweek writers Peter Burrows, Cliff Edwards, Olga Kharif, Aaron Ricadela, and Douglas MacMillan, dig behind the headlines to analyze what’s really happening throughout the world of technology. Tech Beat covers everything from tech bellwethers like Apple, Google, and Intel and emerging new leaders such as Facebook to new technologies, trends, and controversies.



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